Peggy Nickerson

Assistant Professor, Paralegal Studies


Areas of Expertise:

  • Paralegal, plaintiff's litigation, family law, research and investigation
  • Legal Research, both print and electronic, Federal and State, Administrative
  • Legal Writing
  • Certified Grant Writer
  • Law firm staffing
  • Lambda Epsilon Chi, national honor society for paralegal studies students
  • Mock trials, focus groups
  • Juvenile and Criminal Justice issues
  • Corrections, Probation and Parole


  • Post-MA course work including University of Missouri School of Law courses in Education Law, Mediation, and Law & Literature; numerous Educational Policy courses with emphasis in program development and Adult Education
  • Terminal Degree, Master of Arts, library science (legal emphasis), University of Missouri, 1996
  • Post-baccalaureate certificate, paralegal studies, William Woods University, 1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, literature, Park College, 1972
  • Continuing education and seminars in areas such as forensic anthropology in criminal law (murder cases), Adolescent Brain Development, Corrections and Gang issues.

Professional Achievements:

  • Faculty member, William Woods University, 1993 to present
  • Academic reference and law librarian, William Woods University, 1996-98
  • Paralegal/legal assistant, 1985-present, now freelance


  • Certified Grant Writer
  • Affiliations:

    • Missouri Paralegal Association, charter member
    • Mid-Missouri Paralegal Association, education chair
    • American Association for Paralegal Education
    • Missouri Bar Association, Paralegal Committee
    • Missouri Juvenile Justice Association
    • Missouri Corrections Association
    • American Criminal Association
    • American Probation and Parole Association